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Hello to all you gentle readers. Silver Blue, Jonathan Everyday, The Wannabe Gourmet…all in one wrapper, John Barker. After a far-too-long sabbatical, I have returned…hoping to share lower fat, taste enhanced recipes with you.

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Sesame Garlic Shrimp with Fettuccine and Broccoli Florets
November 1, 2010 – 6:42 pm | 3 Comments
Sesame Garlic Shrimp with Fettuccine and Broccoli Florets

Who says you don’t have time to whip up a good, healthy, tasty meal on a weeknight? Making use of shrimp and a few ingredients makes this a winner!
2 lbs 21-30 count shrimp, peeled and …

Red Wine Beef Stew
September 11, 2010 – 5:27 pm | No Comment
Red Wine Beef Stew

Red Wine Beef Stew
2 lbs of beef roast (such as London Broil) cut into 1″ cubes
1 lb carrots, cut into coins
1 lb fingerlings (new potatoes), or potatoes cut into a 1″ to 1.5″ cube
2 medium …

Shrimp with Sofrito and Manchego
March 29, 2010 – 10:12 am | No Comment
Shrimp with Sofrito and Manchego

Shrimp with Sofrito, Peppers and Manchego
1/4 cup olive oil
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
20-24 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 red onion, cut into wedges, about 1/4 inch wide
2 sweet red peppers, seeded and cut …

Baked Halibut with sides
March 21, 2010 – 9:05 pm | No Comment
Baked Halibut with sides

Baked Halibut with sides
Halibut is not a cheap fish — in fact, here where I live, it goes for upwards of $20/lb. However, it’s well worth it, and the ease in preparation makes this most …

Savory Crab Cake
March 5, 2010 – 9:38 am | No Comment
Savory Crab Cake

Savory Crab Cake
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, minced
zest and juice of 1 medium lemon
1/4 cup plain non-fat yogurt
1 large egg
1 tbsp Old Bay Seasoning
1 lb fresh crab meat
1 cup panko bread crumps
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 …

Sesame Encrusted Tuna Steaks
March 4, 2010 – 3:31 pm | No Comment
Sesame Encrusted Tuna Steaks

Sesame Encrusted Tuna Steaks (served with sautéed Chinese cabbage and brown rice)
3 six-ounce tuna steaks
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
4 tbsp olive oil (separated)
2 oz sesame seeds
In a zip-top bag, place tuna steaks. In a bowl, combine …

Coquilles St. Jacques
March 3, 2010 – 9:34 am | One Comment
Coquilles St. Jacques

Coquilles St. Jacques (Scallops au gratin)
1.5 lb bay scallops
2 cups dry white vermouth (or dry white wine)
2 bay leaves
2 tbsp chopped shallots or scallions
2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
3 tbsp quality butter
3 tbsp …

Guilt Free Soup
October 21, 2008 – 3:18 pm | No Comment
Guilt Free Soup

Guilt Free Soup
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
3 large carrots, chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
4 tbsp. Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. butter
2 c. vegetable broth
1 lb russet potatoes, diced
2 tbsp Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 1/2 …

Building The “Perfect” Burger
October 20, 2008 – 7:19 pm | One Comment
Building The “Perfect” Burger

24 ounces ground sirlon or turkey or chicken, divided
4 seeded rolls
shredded lettuce
sliced tomatoes
8 strips of turkey bacon, cooked, drained
4 slices of cheese (American or Cheddar)
pickle relish (dill or sweet)
mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise
Divide ground meat into four …

Tangy Breaded Pork Cutlet
October 15, 2008 – 2:33 pm | No Comment
Tangy Breaded Pork Cutlet

Tangy Breaded Pork Cutlet
1 lb boneless pork cutlets (4 oz each), pounded to 1/4 inch thick
2 large eggs
2 tbsp water
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
2 tsp Italian seasoning
dash …

Gorgonzola Asparagus Bake
October 12, 2008 – 6:09 pm | No Comment
Gorgonzola Asparagus Bake

Gorgonzola Asparagus Bake
2 pounds young asparagus (the more narrow, the more tender)
3 tbsp chopped chives
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
1 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 ounces unsalted butter, …

Fiery Sweet Potato Soup
October 9, 2008 – 12:08 pm | No Comment
Fiery Sweet Potato Soup

Fiery Sweet Potato Soup
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 medium onions, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp Kosher salt
2 tsp dried oregano leaves, crushed
6 cups vegetable stock
4 cups peeled sweet potatoes (cubed 1/2 inch in size) (about 1 …

Healthy Frittata
October 8, 2008 – 12:27 pm | No Comment
Healthy Frittata

Healthy Frittata
1 tsp olive oil
Non-stick cooking spray
1 large potato, diced (about 14 ounces)
1 medium onion, diced (about 6 ounces)
1 medium green pepper, diced (about 5 ounces)
5 ounces Canadian Bacon, diced
16 ounces Egg Substitute (Pasteurized Egg …

Creole Romano
October 7, 2008 – 8:28 am | No Comment
Creole Romano

Creole Romano
1 medium onion, finely minced
1 tbsp celery, minced
1 large garlic clove, minced
2 tsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp all purpose flour
1 16 oz can petite diced tomatoes
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp hot pepper …

Ginger Pork Won ton
October 5, 2008 – 4:54 pm | One Comment
Ginger Pork Won ton

Ginger Pork Won ton
1 lb ground pork
1 1/2 tbsp minced ginger (or 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger)
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp sesame oil
1 small onion, minced
1 package won ton wrappers
1 …

Oriental Glazed Scallops and Zesty Veggie Rice
October 5, 2008 – 11:37 am | No Comment
Oriental Glazed Scallops and Zesty Veggie Rice

Oriental Glazed Scallops
1/2 cup Apricot preserves (sorry, best not to use sugar free here)
3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
2 tsp Sesame Oil
1 tsp white vinegar
1 lb sea scallops
Turn the broiler on to high, and place …

Seared Beef with Horseradish Dipping Sauce & Pasta Primavera
October 4, 2008 – 3:40 pm | No Comment
Seared Beef with Horseradish Dipping Sauce & Pasta Primavera

Seared Beef with Horseradish Dipping Sauce & Pasta Primavera
Seared Beef
1 lb lean sirloin steak, cut into 1/2″ – 1″ cubed
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp finely ground black pepper
1/4 tsp sea salt
Horseradish Dipping …

Weekend French Toast
October 4, 2008 – 9:17 am | No Comment
Weekend French Toast

Weekend French Toast
12 pieces sliced white bread
8 oz egg substitute
1/2 cup non-fat skim milk
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp real vanilla extract
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
For best results, if possible, place bread …

Cracked Black Pepper Shrimp
October 4, 2008 – 7:56 am | No Comment
Cracked Black Pepper Shrimp

Cracked Black Pepper Shrimp with Scallions and Garlic
1 or 2 cloves of garlic, finely diced (according to taste)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 bunch scallions, cut into matchstick size
1 pound (31/40) raw shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails …

Perfect Homemade Pizzas
October 3, 2008 – 11:32 pm | No Comment
Perfect Homemade Pizzas

Perfect Homemade Pizzas

Dough:
3/4 cup warm water (105F to 115F)
1 envelope active dry yeast (not rapid rise)
2 cups bread flour (or all purpose)
1 tsp sugar
3/4 tsp regular table salt
3 tbsp olive oil
Pour water into a small …